Verlander takes share of majors' wins lead, shuts down A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Justin Verlander could hardly fathom his name being mentioned in the same breath as Cy Young.

''Pretty cool, man,'' the Astros ace right-hander said.

Verlander struck out eight over eight innings and moved into a share of the major league lead with his ninth win and past Young on baseball's all-time strikeouts list, pitching the Houston Astros past the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Saturday night.

Verlander (9-2), who had a four-start winning streak snapped by Boston his last time out, moved into a first-place tie with the Yankees' Domingo German.

Verlander allowed one run on four hits and walked two, allowing only Stephen Piscotty's second-inning homer. He also passed Cy Young (2,806) for 22nd place in major league history for strikeouts and now has 2,809.

''It's pretty humbling,'' Verlander said. ''Sometimes when you're playing this game, it's got the unique ability to really kind of put things in perspective for you and as much as you try to just keep your head down and just keep pitching and not pay attention to whatever's going on, any time Cy Young pops up on your radar and you're associated with him it's pretty special.''

Verlander's biggest strikeout of the night was of Matt Olson to end the eighth with runners on first and second - moments after manager AJ Hinch had come to the mound to make sure Verlander could finish it.

''I trust him specifically to let me know if he emptied his tank on the (Matt) Chapman at-bat, and I got the answer I kind of expected and I wanted, but saw the visual he was locked in ready for the next hitter,'' Hinch said.

Verlander hasn't lost to the A's in eight starts since Aug. 27, 2013, winning his last six decisions dating to Game 5 of the 2013 AL Division Series with Detroit.

Josh Reddick hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth for Houston. Reddick also had a two-run drive against his old Oakland team in a 9-1 Astros win here April 16.

Robinson Chirinos added a two-run drive in the ninth for the Astros.

Oakland starter Brett Anderson (6-4) exited in the sixth after manager Bob Melvin and an athletic trainer visited the mound despite the pitcher's attempt to wave them off. The lefty, who had won his previous two starts, allowed three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He felt something in his right side and was removed as a precaution but expects to make his next start.

The A's thought they had added a run in the fifth when Reddick made a dive over the foul line in right field on Marcus Semien's sharp line drive. The ball was ruled foul and Oakland challenged the call, which was upheld in 1 minute, 50 seconds. After Semien grounded into a fielder's choice that ended the inning, he argued and was quickly tossed by first base umpire Alan Porter. It was the first career ejection for Semien at any level of baseball.

''Any time you're facing the best pitcher in the league and you have a chance at getting an extra-base hit that ties the game, with your best hitter on deck, and it gets called foul, you're going to be frustrated,'' Semien said.

A's slugger Khris Davis returned from a stint on the injured list with a bruised left hip and went 0 for 4.

The designated hitter, who led the majors with 48 home runs in 2018, went on the injured list May 24 retroactive to May 22 after getting hurt May 5 at Pittsburgh and initially trying to play through it.

STREAKIN'

Oakland's Ramon Laureano ran his career-best hitting streak to 14 games with a fifth-inning single. It's the longest active streak in baseball and the best by an Oakland player this year.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Hinch said none of the long list of injured Astros are close to rehab assignment but had ''done significant work'' Saturday again. Nor will any of them - Jose Altuve (left hamstring), Carlos Correa (cracked rib sustained during a massage), George Springer (hamstring), INF Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) and RHP Joe Smith (Achilles) be with the team at all for this road trip that goes through Thursday in Seattle. ''We've got to push the gas pedal eventually,'' Hinch said.

Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea, who pitched a no-hitter against Boston on April 21, 2018, before his season was cut short by September shoulder surgery, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session and is scheduled to face live hitters for 15 pitches Tuesday at Class-A Stockton. ... Marco Estrada will play catch Monday for the first time since going on the injured list April with a lower back strain. He soon will begin a throwing program. ... RHP Jharel Cotton injured his right hamstring while on a rehab outing with Stockton as he works back from Tommy John surgery and will be shut down for the immediate future, Melvin said. ... LHP Jesus Luzardo threw 30 pitches over two simulated innings in Arizona.

UP NEXT

RHP Gerrit Cole (5-5, 4.02 ERA) pitches the series finale for Houston, having gone 3-1 lifetime with 50 strikeouts to 12 walks in six career starts vs. the A's. Oakland counters with RHP Chris Bassitt (3-1, 3.27) in his eighth start of the year looking to win consecutive outings for the first time in parts of five big league seasons. He missed all of 2017 following Tommy John surgery.

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  • W: J. Verlander (9-2)L: B. Anderson (6-4)
  • HR: HOU - R. Chirinos (7), J. Reddick (6), OAK - S. Piscotty (7)
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Marisnick (9)
      • HR - J. Reddick (6), R. Chirinos (7)
      • RBI - A. Bregman (39), J. Reddick 2 (19), R. Chirinos 2 (24)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (24)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Gurriel 2 (2), J. Reddick 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Pinder (10)
      • HR - S. Piscotty (7)
      • RBI - S. Piscotty (26)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Semien 2 (2), M. Chapman, M. Olson 2 (2), R. Laureano
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - Y. Gurriel
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - R. Laureano (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 9-2)8.04112812.270.7431.0
      W. Harris1.01000200.900.903.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 9-2)8.0
      W. Harris1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Anderson (L, 6-4)5.16332213.951.380.0
      Y. Petit2.20000202.430.817.0
      J. Soria1.02220115.021.15-0.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Anderson (L, 6-4)5.1
      Y. Petit2.2
      J. Soria1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 114-77, W. Harris 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 6-10, W. Harris 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 30, W. Harris 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Anderson
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 80-47, Y. Petit 27-20, J. Soria 20-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 7-6, Y. Petit 2-4, J. Soria 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 23, Y. Petit 8, J. Soria 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      Y. Gurriel 1B41000005.261.296.403.6993.0
      J. Reddick RF42221002.314.361.454.8159.0
      R. Chirinos C41221000.244.371.474.8458.0
      J. Mayfield SS40000030.083.154.167.321-1.5
      T. Kemp 2B40000000.225.293.371.6640.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Marisnick (9)
          • HR - J. Reddick (6), R. Chirinos (7)
          • RBI - A. Bregman (39), J. Reddick 2 (19), R. Chirinos 2 (24)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (24)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Gurriel 2 (2), J. Reddick 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Pinder (10)
          • HR - S. Piscotty (7)
          • RBI - S. Piscotty (26)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Semien 2 (2), M. Chapman, M. Olson 2 (2), R. Laureano
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - Y. Gurriel
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - R. Laureano (6)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander (W, 9-2)8.04112812.270.7431.0
          W. Harris1.01000200.900.903.0
          Total9.05112101---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander (W, 9-2)8.0
          W. Harris1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Anderson (L, 6-4)5.16332213.951.380.0
          Y. Petit2.20000202.430.817.0
          J. Soria1.02220115.021.15-0.5
          Total9.0855252---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Anderson (L, 6-4)5.1
          Y. Petit2.2
          J. Soria1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 114-77, W. Harris 19-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 6-10, W. Harris 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 30, W. Harris 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - B. Anderson
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 80-47, Y. Petit 27-20, J. Soria 20-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 7-6, Y. Petit 2-4, J. Soria 1-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 23, Y. Petit 8, J. Soria 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Chirinos homered to center, Reddick scored51
          • 5TH INNING
            Bregman singled to shallow right, Marisnick scored31
          • 4TH INNING
            Reddick homered to center, Gurriel scored21
          • 2ND INNING
            Piscotty homered to right center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Joakim Soria relieved Yusmeiro Petit
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick singled to center
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Chirinos homered to center, Reddick scored
            • J. Mayfield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mayfield grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp fouled out to left
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Will Harris relieved Justin Verlander
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Piscotty singled to center
            • R. Grossman: Grossman grounded out to second, Piscotty to second
            • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Y. Petit Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley flied out to deep left
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gurriel fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Profar grounded out to third
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder doubled to deep left
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Y. Petit Pitching:
            • T. Kemp: Kemp grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • M. Straw: Straw popped out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Foul, Piscotty grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
            • R. Laureano: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Laureano flied out to deep left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Chad Pinder at shortstop
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reddick grounded out to first
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Brett Anderson
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Chirinos flied out to deep left
            • J. Mayfield: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mayfield struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to deep right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kemp grounded out to first
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Marisnick doubled to deep center
            • M. Straw: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Straw lined out to center
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Marisnick to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Bregman singled to shallow right, Marisnick scored
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Brantley singled to left, Bregman to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
            • R. Laureano: Foul, Ball, Laureano singled to center
            • J. Profar: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • J. Phegley: Phegley singled to shallow center, Laureano to second
            • M. Semien: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Semien reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Phegley out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Brantley out at second
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel stole second, Ball, Reddick homered to center, Gurriel scored
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Chirinos singled to center, Chirinos out at second
            • J. Mayfield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Mayfield struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Olson popped out to first
            • K. Davis: Ball, Foul, Davis lined out to right
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty lined out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Straw: Strike looking, Ball, Straw flied out to right
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman flied out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Profar walked
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Phegley grounded out to third, Profar to second
            • M. Semien: Semien flied out to deep left
            • M. Chapman: Chapman grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Chirinos lined out to right
            • J. Mayfield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Mayfield struck out on foul tip
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Foul, Davis flied out to deep right
            • S. Piscotty: Piscotty homered to right center
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Grossman flied out to shallow left
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • M. Straw: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Straw grounded out to third
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley singled to center, Bregman to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel lined out to third
            • J. Reddick: Reddick grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien flied out to center
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman grounded out to second
            • M. Olson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Olson lined out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)